Assessment Calendar

Institutional Student Surveys

The Office of Institutional Effectiveness (OIE) conducts university-wide student assessments every year utilizing different instruments planned in a cyclical schedule. OIE garners valuable data, particularly on First-Year students and seniors.

The purpose for such surveys is to measure progress relative to educational goals, to evaluate academic and educational support programs, improve teaching and learning, and to assess overall institutional effectiveness. A variety of these campus-based assessments focus on attitudes, satisfaction of services, and academic engagement.

It is through student participation in the assessment process that the University can better understand itself and better serve its constituents.

Annual Department/Program Outcomes Assessment

Annually, every academic degree program and educational/administrative support units must submit an assessment report to OIE by June 30th. These reports include established outcomes (learning, program, and/or administrative), methods for measuring these outcomes, the results and analysis of the measures, an update of what needed to be addressed in the previous year and action plans for improvement. The University utilizes an electronic, online platform from Anthology to allow assessment coordinators to enter their respective data and provide meaningful narratives of explanation.The Assessment Cycle shows the flow of the process and the steps involved.

Annual Peer Review of Assessment Reports

The University Assessment Council (UAC) reviews selected academic, administrative, and educational support assessment reports each year. Since all plans are completed in the summer each year, after closing their assessment "loop," reviews are accomplished in the subsequent academic year. After processing, these are later sent in the late spring to the assessment coordinator who produced the report. Coordinators then review these prior to beginning their next assessment report so as to provide helpful guidance for the coming year. The UAC uses a rubric for evaluating academic degree programs and educational support/administrative units (modified from Fulcher 2018).